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    Default Re: Old Nikon lens - good for astrophotography?



    Quote Originally Posted by mdq636 View Post
    I got me a old and used 180mm f2.8 prime and paying another 100 for the bracket itself seems a little too much for me .
    These $10 mounts work well.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tripod-Coll...19.m1438.l2649
    You don't need to adjust the diaphragm or change focus for astrophotography, so if you clamp one of these rings over the aperture ring at the back of the lens and a second one over the front of the lens, and connect the two rings with a dovetail, you have a very solid mount. You can release the front ring to make focus adjustments, then lock it for accurate imaging.
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    Default Re: Old Nikon lens - good for astrophotography?

    Hello prl,

    there are some old manual focus (mf) Nikon lenses with fast optics, which find a very good use in the rich field astrophotography.
    The legendary Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED AI-s Nikon 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Review
    The less known ultrafast Nikkor 85mm f1.4 AI-s Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-s Review

    The 180mm ED Nikkor is in possesion of my friend.
    I have been over many years using the Nikkor 85mm f1.4, before switching to Canon and later to Leica.
    This ultrafast Nikkor is incredible, not beaten by Leica, and just one hair behind the legendary aspheric Canon FD,
    https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review...-c-aspherical/ One of my pics taken with this aspheric Canon lens under the available light conditions has been awarded by the University of Erlangen.

    Hence, if you can find on the eBay the Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED AI-s for an acceptable price, then take it.
    It is one of the lenses for the life.

    Best,

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    Default Re: Old Nikon lens - good for astrophotography?

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello prl,

    there are some old manual focus (mf) Nikon lenses with fast optics, which find a very good use in the rich field astrophotography.
    The legendary Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED AI-s Nikon 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Review
    The less known ultrafast Nikkor 85mm f1.4 AI-s Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-s Review

    The 180mm ED Nikkor is in possesion of my friend.
    I have been over many years using the Nikkor 85mm f1.4, before switching to Canon and later to Leica.
    This ultrafast Nikkor is incredible, not beaten by Leica, and just one hair behind the legendary aspheric Canon FD,
    https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review...-c-aspherical/ One of my pics taken with this aspheric Canon lens under the available light conditions has been awarded by the University of Erlangen.

    Hence, if you can find on the eBay the Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED AI-s for an acceptable price, then take it.
    It is one of the lenses for the life.

    Best,

    JG
    I heard you speak highly of this particular lens before .... You must REALLY like it.

    And thanks for the original post...

    Joe
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    Default Re: Old Nikon lens - good for astrophotography?

    I've had excellent success with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.This lens is tack sharp and at f/2.8 can harvest a lot of light. Primes are always preferred but zooms offer a lot of flexibility. I have a practice of locking down my equipment with gaffers tape to prevent anything from moving. After focus is achieved I tape down the focus ring and also tape down the zoom ring.
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